Let the Games begin!


Today, I’ve asked Sarah Olmanson, production editor extraordinaire, to guest blog.

What do the following Lerner titles have in common?

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I’ll give you another hint: Friday, July 27, through Sunday, August 12, 2012.

The Olympics is right!

I’m really excited for the summer Olympics in London to start next Friday. And since I can’t be there, I thought I would get up to speed my second favorite way—through reading. I can learn more about the host country, read up on the athletes, find out when my favorite events are taking place, and discover new sports to enjoy.

The Country Explorers series helps me learn more about the United Kingdom as well as the home countries of other athletes. Ghana is sending nine athletes to the games this year; Jamaica, known for its sprinters, has fifty athletes going to the London games.

For quick biographies of athletes, I picked up these Amazing Athletes titles:

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Maya Moore, Michael Phelps, Venus and Serena Williams, Venus and Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Roger Federer.

Much discussion has come about because of the entrance of South African runner Oscar Pistorius in the games. And Lerner’s Sports Technology in the Cool Science series talks about the Cheetahs he wears that enable him, as a man born without one of the bones in the lower part of his legs, to run so fast.

Finally, I can discover the ins and outs of Amateur Wrestling and Tae Kwon Do in the books in the Martial Arts Sports Zone series.

And here’s a link to the official website. In addition to the complete schedule, it’s brimming with information on events, competitors, and once the games begin, winners!